‘Shooting’ scare at Heights prep school

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A private school went under siege on Feb. 22 when a student received an anonymous online message from someone claiming that he would blow up the school.

The school, located on Joralemon Street near Clinton Street, learned of the threat around 10 am and went into “lockdown,” meaning that students could not leave the building. Teachers went on teaching their classes, even as parents frantically called the school to figure out what was happening.

Police eventually determined that the person who sent the threat wasn’t on school grounds. The students were notified at a 1 pm assembly, and were allowed to leave if they had parental permission.

Days later, cops arrested the perpetrator, a sophomore at the school. He was charged with a misdemeanor and released into his parents’ custody.

Out the window

A burglar busted into a fifth-floor apartment on Remsen Street in broad daylight on Feb. 25.

All the occupants of the apartment, located near Clinton Street, left for the day around 9:30 am and didn’t return until 8 pm.

When they came back, they were shocked to discover that a bedroom window was open and, worse, the burglar had made off with a digital camera and two laptops. The electronics were worth $2,326, cops said.

Bank heist

A woman bank robber proved on Feb. 26 that the fairer sex is also capable of sticking up banks as well as the men.

The perp, a 26-year-old woman wearing a brown jacket and eyeglasses, came up to the counter of a Livingston Street bank — located near Gallatin Place — around 1 pm and passed the teller a note demanding money.

“Let me see your hands,” the woman said, evidently concerned that the teller would trip the alarm and summon the cops.

The perp didn’t display a weapon, but the 18-year-old bank employee complied anyway, forking over $2,740. The modern-day Bonnie (sans Clyde) fled.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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